Celestin's Restaurant

4.5
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$30 and under
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French
In 1983, Patrick and Phoebe Celestin opened Celestin's Restaurant on J Street. You may remember the steam on the windows, as we served bowl after bowl of Celestin's Gumbo. It has always been a family affair. We were able after 18 years in our first home to build and relocate the restaurant to 1815 K Street, where the restaurant became Celestin's Restaurant and Voudoo Lounge. We stayed at our home there for eleven years and now we are at it again. Our third restaurant location is in the heart of lovely, Mckinley Park. It's our smallest venue yet. We are excited to offer our all time local favorites and stretch ourselves to offer some new and appetizing options for your dining pleasure. We love food from all over the world and our specials will be reflecting our passion.
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OT
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a 6:30 PM reservation, but the restaurant did not deserve a table. We were finally seated after 7:00 PM.

CP
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always love eating at Celestin’s. Food is consistently good and I just love the atmosphere.

MF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy our time at Celestins. We arrive feeling welcome and leave well satisfied.
Thankful for the good service and wonderful food. We often invite guests and they are equally impressed and pleased with their meal.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very pleasent dinner. We were big fans of the original Celestines in midtown and extremely happy to discover they had reopened. Smaller, quieter location but still excellent food. We'll be back!

EA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I haven't been to Celestin's in years, so when I heard it had closed and was reopening, I had to go. The food was exactly how I remember it.

MC
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a great meal,
Looking forward to treating myself their again.
Thanks,
Matt

B
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional, in every aspect. Unique to Sacramento, a real treat.

OT
Sacramento
21 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

The server was not sure what he was doing. He had no clue about the menu items. When we asked to have bread brought out he literally brought a basket for each if us. We asked if he was bew because of the deer in the head light responses we were getting onky to find out he had been there a year. The gumbo had no flavor and the Brazilian red snapper was very fishy tasting. It's not what it use to be and I won't be returning.

JP
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Their food is delicious, but the space is very small and uncomfortable.
I advise ordering to go.

BZ
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is a sweet little spot in a beautiful and quiet neighborhood. Very good food, service and value. Give it a try!

CP
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food/service /ambiance always great.

g
Sacramento
17 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

It’s a very small space and difficult to maneuver around.

S
Sacramento
119 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This a terrific find! A great little cafe with terrific food, good vibes and excellent service. I’ll go back soon.

JK
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of a kind Caribbean restaurant with an informal atmosphere. Good for lunch and dinner. My favorites are the scallops in coconut lime sauce and the key lime pie. Gumbos are a specialty of the house.

AG
New England
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Not good anymore.

DB
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service, etc. Love the location and the gumbo.

CB
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with a party of five. Had a reservation and was seated as soon as we got there. Service was excellent, very attentive waiter. Food was as I remembered it from their last restaurant, excellent. Casual environment, a most pleasant dining experience.

MC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very charming restaurant. The wall art was a pleasure. My companion and I enjoyed our sandwiches. Service was attentive and thoughtful.

OT
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Made the reservation but was told I have to wait at least half hour. Did not eat so don't know how good is the food, service, or anything that come with it. Guess I won't find out since I won't go back.

S
Sacramento
119 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time there. For lunch—not at all crowded on a Friday. Great find! Will certainly go back. Gumbo was delicious but more than I could eat. Had fried green tomatoes for an appetizer—an interesting offering and tasty choice. Service was first rate.

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time eating there, they were all very accommodating in regards to my wishes. Lovely atmosphere

MW
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Celestine’s serves delicious food. You should try it!

DF
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Intimate neighborhood feel with friendly service and great food.

RS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very nice little neighborhood with great gumbo and other creole offerings.

C
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

It’s a little tight in there, but lovely and worth the crowd. ❤️

1
Sacramento
69 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

A qualified recommendation of yes to others. If you plan to go on weekends, don’t bother with open table because a confirmed reservation does not mean a table will be there. The place is so small and the traffic including take out is heavy, they don’t really need reservations and it appeared nobody but us had bothered. They certainly didn’t pay attention to ours anyway. Lower rating on service because of that, we ended up sitting at what should be the take out area, and the eating surface was at chest level. That coupled with a wrong entree being served did not make for a nice evening. Our server tried hard and was very nice nonetheless.

RB
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

All around a great experience at Celestin’s! We plan to go back soon!

CD
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celestin's is a small, welcoming, full service restaurant with fabulous, unique dishes. One of my favorite places to relax, unwind and enjoy the atmosphere with good friends.

c
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Excellent food, very nice service, great prices. The drawback is it is a small restaurant with crowded seating. If you can deal with the latter you are in for treat. We plan on going back, it's that good.

RR
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was great. Without any reservation we would recommend this restaurant for its good food, ambience and service

h
Miami
40 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

I almost hate to review this because I do not want anyone to find out about this place. OMG - Cajun food in Sacramento - not fake real great Cajun ——- I know French Creole, I just call it Cajun

Great food, great service!!! Definitely make a reservation.

GS
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Gumbo, best I have ever eaten and being from a Cajun Mom, I know my Gumbo. Friendly helpful service is a plus. Best dining secret in East Sac.

DD
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great place. There are a number of interesting looking dishes on the menu, but I'm still stuck on Celestin's Gumbo. Perhaps in time I'll bring myself to try others.

M
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Celestin is a discovered gem! Tucked away near McKinley Park in East Sac, the restaurant has a cozy, international feel with strong hints of New Orleans, and other hints of Haiti, in the decor. Parking was conveniently in front, and our table was waiting for us when we arrived. The menu had a variety of New Orleans/creole appetizers and main-course choices, all reasonably priced. The gumbo, one of our choices, was outstanding and authentic, and the creole chicken with red beans and rice was equally tasty. The salad was excellent, as was the key lime pie for dessert. The waiter was pleasant and helpful. Altogether, a very satisfying dining experience. Would definitely return!

C
Sacramento
9 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I remember this place from years ago, the location is smaller, but the food still excellent! OMG I can't wait to go again!!!

1
Sacramento
69 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

A nice cozy in the neighborhood place. Food well prepared and pleasantly served. And they serve okra!

YS
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were immediately greeted and taken to our seats. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. Food was excellent and filling! They also had a good selection of wines. I will be dining at Celestin's Restaurant again soon.

F
Sacramento
27 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great little neighborhood gem. Good food and friendly staff.

e
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are a family of 5 so finding a restaurant that pleases everyone can be tricky (couple select eaters in the mix as well as a vegetarian). Celestin's scored a double-thumbs-up from the whole squad. We LOVE that it is in our neighborhood (an easy bike ride) and has such a delicious selection of appetizers/entrees/sides to choose from. I do recommend making a reservation in advance as it is a small place and has limited seating.

RW
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great, cozy little place with unique food and good service. If you're going during busy times, you should consider making a reservation.